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2 Weeks - Intro To Back Bending

Week 2 Day 5

Here is your full workout for today. This overview includes name, reps, and most important cues. IMPORTANT!!  To see the video click the (“+”) symbol next to the exercise name, and it will expand.

Look after yourself and only do what feels safe enough. Rest long enough between sets to be fresh but short enough not to get cold!

The Bridge from the Floor

Warm Up

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Hamstring Bridges10xDo not arch lower back. Feet and Knees Hip width apart.
Bent Knee Windshield Wipers10xFeet pointed close to glutes. Knees stay together at all times.
Upper Body Lifts10xHead stays in neutral position. Do not arch back but lift entire back.
Straight to W10xHead in neutral position. Squeeze shoulder blades and bring the elbows back and towards each other as much as possible.
Half Snow Angels10x each side90 degrees angle in hips & knees. Knees stay together. Do not allow hips to roll back.
Reverse Half Snow Angel10x90 degrees angle in hips & knees. Fully straighten back leg. Do not allow your hip to rotate back.
Kneeling Side Bends10x each sideHips locked in place. Core engaged. Arms by ears. Shoulders down.
Bird Dog10x each sideHead in neutral position looking at floor. Keep shoulders and hips parallel to the floor and squared. Isolate the movement in the leg and opposite arm. Contract core muscles for stabilization.

Stretching

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Cobra with Bent Knees10xHips stay on floor as low as possible. Actively open hips. Push diagonally back with arms, shoulders down, squeeze shoulder blades behind back. Pull head & fett towards each other. Create even round.
Bridge with hands elevated against wall4x
Wall Bridge Steps2x each sidePut weight in arms and move body towards the wall. Engage glutes and lower back to step towards the wall. Look at feet!
Bridge From Floor6xGo up through hamstring bridge first. Then extend the elbows. Push hips towards ceiling. Pull head back trying to look at heels. Create even arch.
Knee Bridge Wall Hold20secLengthen spine to begin. Arms glued to ears. Open each part of back one by one. Take small steps. Try to extend your elbows between each step. Hips stay close to knee line the while time.
Knee Bridge Wall Walks6xLengthen spine to begin. Arms glued to ears. Open each part of back one by one. Take small steps. Try to extend your elbows between each step. Hips stay close to knee line the while time.
Knee Bridge Wall Taps2x4Lengthen spine at beginning. Shoulders down. Arms glued to ears. Open each part of the back one by one.
Klaritas Extended Morning Stretch10xPut your chest on the floor as close as possible to the knees during the first move. Head guides the movement. Knees are static in one place. Do not allow them to move
Half Split Back Knee Bent - Arched20secHips & shoulders squared and parallel to the floor. Block not too close to wall.
Yoga Bridge30secPush hips forward. Even rounding of the back.
Shoulder Warm Up with Elastic10x Do not rotate shoulders. Wrists stay in same position towards each other. Isolate shoulders in first one. Add chest for second movement. Never open your mid or lower back
Cobra With Straight Knees30secShoulders down. Arms push diagonally back & up. Feet flexed push hips towards arms creating a even arch in lower back. Engage your hips!
Cobra hold30secUse back musces to raise. Start with hands next to chest. Squeeze elbows along body. Push diagonally back and up with arms. Pull head back to create even arch.
Cobra10xUse back musces to raise. Start with hands next to chest. Squeeze elbows along body. Push diagonally back and up with arms. Pull head back to create even arch.
Active Sphinx10xPush arms into floor. Lower stomach stays on floor. Use back muscles ro raise and pull head back. Shoulders down!
Half Split Back Knee Bent Against the Wall40sec each sideHips & shoulders parallel to the floor. Posterior pelvic tilt. Use wall/chair for balance if necessary
Half Split40sec each sideHips & shoulders parallel to the floor. Posterior pelvic tilt. Use wall/chair for balance if necessary
On Stomach Hip Opener with Yoga Block40sec each sideDo not arch lower back. Isolate stretch in hip flexor. Keep hips parallel to the floor.
Chest Opener at Wall2x30secBefore pushing the hips towards the wall slide down as much as possible until throat faces the wall. Then push hips towards the wall.
Shoulder Stretch on Knees2x30secLook at hands. Elbows locked. Arch your back. Hips over knees or slightly further back. Push hips towards hands.

Cool Down

DemoExerciseReps/SetsHow to/Cues
Upper and Lower Body Lifts on Stomach10x
Upper and Lower Body Lifts on Stomach10sec
Rounded Rehab Crunches2x10Go slow & round 1 vertebral at the time.
Legs behind the Head Rehab Touches2x10Go slow. Place your arms along the body not under your hips. Lengthen your spine. Knees locked. Feet together
Heels to Sky2x10Straight up! Not in an angle. Stay in line!

You made it!

You’ve reached the end of this workout. Go use your legs and get food, a drink or whatever else gives you joy! 

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